matriarchate

matriarchate

[mey-tree-ahr-kit, -keyt]
noun
1.
a matriarchal system or community.
2.
a social order formerly believed to have preceded patriarchal tribal society in the early period of human communal life, embodying rule by the mothers, or by all adult women.

Origin:
1880–85; matriarch + -ate3

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matriarchate (ˈmeɪtrɪˌɑːkɪt, -keɪt)
 
n
rare a family or people under female domination or government

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